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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 2482   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Duchesee de Bourgogne is the traditional top fermented reddish-brown ale from the West-Flanders region of Belgium. This refined ale also known as "The Burgundies of Belgium" is a blend of 8 and 18 months old ales following careful maturation in oak casks. 100% natural and unpasteurized.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (4833) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Good, complex aroma. Balsamic vinegar, lambic-like yeast aroma, and light fruit and spices. Red, with a small head that continues to float on the beer. Not as sour as I expected, particularly after the liquor store clerk made a point of telling me it was sour. Somewhat sour anyway, with abundant sweetness. The wood aging is evident in the flavor as well. A very lambic like aftertaste. I will drink this again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zeswaft (1438) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2005
This is the weirdest "beer" i have ever had. It smells and tastes so much like sweet red wine. Has a sour taste, too. At very short times during the tasting do you ever get any flavor of remotely beer. Won’t ever get it again.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2651) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
Clear, dark ruby-orange with a tight, white ring and an island, direclty in the center, the size of a canadian twenty-five cent piece. Sour, vinegary cherry aroma with some weird, dusty vegetable that’s unique and not necessarily bad... The flavour is very vinegary, which is not to say only sour, but like cider vinegar with more of that dusty vegetable and some celery and woody cherry. Nice refreshing sourness, but really I cannot get past the vinegar. Medium body and medium carbonation. I would have preferred to have a tad lighter body and more carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5928) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Marcello’s Wine Market - Baton Rouge, La - 750 ml bottle. Pours a dark copper with a thin but long lasting khaki colored head. Aroma has a sweet bubblegum essence to it with a grape juice like essence in the back end. Flavor is a melody of sweetness and sourness - reminds me somewhat of a sweet tart candy. The front end is sweet and candy like and the back end is sour and has wine-like accents. The mouthfeelis surprisingly thick, expecte a lot of spritiness. Very good - if you like sourness.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2005
This is a strange brew. Pours a deep mahogony with nice head and lacing. Head is a nice off-white color. Aroma is very complex consisting of sweet and spice. Flavor was NOT what I expected at all. This was VERY sweet with flavors of raisins, sour apples and cherries, malt and champagne. It has a definite champagne mouthfeel as well, given the nice carbonation from tiny bubbles. Not sure what to think of this ale. It has some appealling aspects to it, but the champagne-dominated flavor and mouthfeel knock this one down a little.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Fruity aroma but feint. Reddish brown amber color. Bursting with flavor! I can’t believe there’s no fruit added to this. Its very much like a Lambic. excellent! Redlight Redlight has small bottles.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
bubbling rusty bright colour with an almond frothy head. Very nice, vibrant nose with acidic cherries. The body is very smooth with a slightly sweet malty middle. The tartness hits towards the end and creates and extremely refreshing flemish sour ale. A very nice ale indeed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (1963) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2005
Nice chestnut colour with a slim off-white head. Sharp sour aroma, smells lambic-y. Flavour is sweet, tart, sour and fruity; apples in there as well. Acidic throughout. Medium bodied. Very good indeed.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Paskal (146) - La Prairie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2005
Bouteille-Brune très foncé à la senteur de caramel-cerise noire, goût très sucré et très prononcé. Trop sucré pour mes pauvre caries!--Bottle-Dark brown with caramel-dark cherries smell,very sweet and strong with a very thin head.A good beer but not my cup of tea!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2206) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 13, 2005
11.2 oz bottle: The aroma is robust just like a red chardonay wine and has a trace of green apples to it too. Color is brown and tinted red on the trim of the glass. Thick topping of head created and will remain throughout the drink. This is a very interesting beer because of the strong sour flavors in it that remind me of Now and Laters and somewhat like sour Skittles along with other similar sour candies. Dark, robust, sweet, tart, sour, dry, and sugary are only a few words i will use to sum up everything i feel while drinking this beer. It will give way to a touch of sweet yet sour green apple that seems to be unripe as well as cantelope and a notice of yeast presence. I look forward to having the chance to find other flemish sour ales in the future to better understand the Belgium art of flemish brewing further. After all, this was my first experience with the style.


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